The 7 Most Impacted Markets by Asking Rent Increases & Decreases

Updated: Mar 7

The economy has taken some serious hits from the impact of the pandemic. However, just like in any market cycle, how investors react to the challenges is key. While there are several factors to take into consideration when evaluating which market to invest in, as many markets are still strong for investing, remaining vigilant and monitoring current data trends is always a must.


When rental rates begin to fluctuate, this can be due to a number of reasons. On a high level, the concept of supply and demand seems simple. But the reality is that there are a number of macroeconomic factors within each respective area that can be catalyst for how the multifamily industry is impacted. Understanding these factors will better guide you in recognizing if a market presents opportunity or should be passed over.


The data below is a good example, as you’ll see that there are some surprising trends. Most likely, these fluctuations are being caused by two primary impacts from COVID. First, people are fleeing major market metros to submarkets, where they likely can find more space, at lower prices. Secondly, unemployment further drives this trend as the struggle for families to stabilize their incomes continues. Many are moving to reduce expenses and/or find alternative employment opportunities.


In turn, areas that would not seemingly be likely to attract an influx, or what’s also known as a net migration, are. The migration is what drives rental prices up, as the demand is increasing. In contrast, the markets that tenants are leaving, are reducing rents in an effort to hold onto their occupants as the economic impacts begin to take shape.


As of September 2020, these are the 7 least and most impacted cities by year-over-year asking rents:


Top 7 Cities with Highest Rent Increases:


7. Huntsville, AL

Annual Change in Effective Asking Rent (Sept. 2019 – Sept. 2020): 6.6%

Average Rent (1 BR): $821

Current Unemployment Rate: 6.6%


6. Grand Rapids, MI

Annual Change in Effective Asking Rent (Sept. 2019 – Sept. 2020): 6.7%

Average Rent (1 BR): $1,082

Current Unemployment Rate: 6.2%


5. Mobile, AL

Annual Change in Effective Asking Rent (Sept. 2019 – Sept. 2020): 6.7%

Average Rent (1 BR): $813

Current Unemployment Rate: 9.3%


4. Fresno, CA

Annual Change in Effective Asking Rent (Sept. 2019 – Sept. 2020): 6.7%

Average Rent (1 BR): $1,131

Current Unemployment Rate: 10.4%


3. Stockton, CA

Annual Change in Effective Asking Rent (Sept. 2019 – Sept. 2020): 7.4%

Average Rent (1 BR): $1,216

Current Unemployment Rate: 11.4%


2. Boise, ID

Annual Change in Effective Asking Rent (Sept. 2019 – Sept. 2020): 8.1%

Average Rent (1 BR): $1,194

Current Unemployment Rate: 6.1%


1. Fayetteville, NC

Annual Change in Effective Asking Rent (Sept. 2019 – Sept. 2020): 8.6%

Average Rent (1 BR): $828

Current Unemployment Rate: 9.3%


Top 7 Cities with Highest Rent Decreases:


7. Gainesville, FL

Annual Change in Effective Asking Rent (Sept. 2019 – Sept. 2020): -1.8%

Average Rent (1 BR): $1,310

Current Unemployment Rate: 4.6%

6. Cape Coral, FL

Annual Change in Effective Asking Rent (Sept. 2019 – Sept. 2020): -2.0%

Average Rent (1 BR): $1,317

Current Unemployment Rate: 6.4%


5. Santa Rosa, CA

Annual Change in Effective Asking Rent (Sept. 2019 – Sept. 2020): -2.0%

Average Rent (1 BR): $1,942

Current Unemployment Rate: 7.2%


4. Honolulu, HI

Annual Change in Effective Asking Rent (Sept. 2019 – Sept. 2020): -2.3%

Average Rent (1 BR): $1,881

Current Unemployment Rate: 15.1%


3. Boulder, CO

Annual Change in Effective Asking Rent (Sept. 2019 – Sept. 2020): -2.5%

Average Rent (1 BR): $1,953

Current Unemployment Rate: 5.7%


2. Des Moines, IA

Annual Change in Effective Asking Rent (Sept. 2019 – Sept. 2020): -3.1%

Average Rent (1 BR): $955

Current Unemployment Rate: 4.7%


1. Midland/Odessa, TX

Annual Change in Effective Asking Rent (Sept. 2019 – Sept. 2020): -31.8%

Average Rent (1 BR): $1,106

Current Unemployment Rate: 9.6%


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About the Author


Ellie is the founder of Blue Lake Capital, a real estate company specialized in multifamily investing throughout the United States. At Blue Lake Capital, Ellie helps investors grow their wealth and achieve double-digit returns by investing alongside her in exclusive multifamily deals they usually don't have access to.

Ellie is the host of REady2Scale , a podcast that highlights honest, insightful, and thought-provoking discussions on the multiple approaches for successful real estate investing.

She started her career as a commercial real estate lawyer, leading real estate transactions for one of Israel’s leading development companies. Later, as a property manager for Israel’s largest energy company, she oversaw properties worth over $100MM. Additionally, Ellie is an experienced entrepreneur who helped build and scale companies by improving their business operations.

Ellie holds a Masters in Law from Bar-Ilan University in Israel and an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management.

You can read more about Blue Lake Capital at www.bluelake-capital.com and learn more about Ellie at www.ellieperlman.com.


Sources:

RealPage Market Research

US Bureau of Labor Statistics

RentJungle

RentCafe

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